Scottish Poetry Selection
- Mackenzie Prayer

This prayer seems to cover just about everything although it is likely that extra bits have been added at various times. It was found in the genealogical records of the late Father Ewan MacDonald of Glengarry, Canada and was published in a past issue of the Clan Donald Newsletter. (Note that as the letter 'k' is not present in Gaelic, Mackenzie is one of the names normally spelled without a capital letter after the Mac).

Mackenzie Prayer

Bless a' the Mackenzies an' a' the Mackenzie childer; their sons an' son's childer and their dochters for a thousan' years to come.
Be Ye gracious an' send doon mountains o' snuff, an rivers of whiskey.
An' oh lord send doon swords an' pistels an' daggers as monie as the sands on the seashore to kill the MacDonalds, the Clan Ranalds, and the Campbells.
An oh Lord, bless the wee coo, an' make it a big coo.
An oh Lord bless the sucklin' and make it a grand boar.
An oh Lord, bless the wee bairns, yon Angus, Alex an' Bessie an' Maggie an' Florrie.
An oh Lord, build up a great wall between us an' the Irish, an' put broken bottles on the top, so they cannae come over.
An' oh lord, if ye hae anything gude to gie, dunna gie it to the Irish, but gie it to your chosen people, the Scots, especially to the Clan Mackenzie an' a' their friends.
Glorious ye are for ever more.

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